Once again I was searching through my family trees and I noticed that there were quite a few photos of the homes that my ancestors had lived in. Some of them were built way back in the early 1600s. They varied in size, style, and construction material. They are all as equally unique as each of my ancestors!
Marshall Anderson Hayes, my paternal second cousin, was born in 1848, in Claiborne County, Tennessee. His family moved to Jackson County , Missouri when he was 12 years old. In 1873, he and his new wife moved to Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas. After securing a 160 acre claim by the Medicine Lodge River, he then built this house. This two-story house had 4 bedrooms and an inside kitchen. It was built in anticipation of the newlyweds having a lot of children. They each had come from very large families.
On February 8, 1885, Marshall was coming home from town. He had to cross the Medicine Lodge River and it had been cold and snowing for 2 days. He and his horse began crossing in the lowest point in the river when the horse lost his footing and threw Marshall off his back, into the icy, freezing river. The horse continued back to the homestead, but Marshall’s body wasn’t found for 2 days. He left behind his pregnant wife and 2-year-old son, Sterling. Mary Etta lived in this house until she died in 1910.
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